One out of four South Korean women who gave birth last year was 35 or older. That's according to newly released data from the National Health Insurance Service.
Researchers from the state-run insurance agency said Friday the average age at which a woman gave birth to a child last year was slightly older than 32. Back in 2006, the average age at childbirth was just over 30.
Three percent of the children born last year were to mothers 40 and older --- more than twice the number in 2006.
The number of women of child-bearing age has decreased by some 930-thousand over the past decade.
At the same time, the percentage of high income earners giving birth has steadily risen.
Source: KBS World Radio